Eisenhower Presidential Museum

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After weeks of carefully removing artifacts from exhibit cases and completely emptying the classroom cabinets, construction has officially commenced at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum. This renovation project is a grassroots effort that is being funded through donations to the Eisenhower Foundation’s Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Capital Campaign.

As U.S. Senator Jerry Moran remarked in a recent letter of support, “The Foundation’s vision, as laid out in its A Legacy of Leadership Campaign, will ensure the Museum’s vitality well into the 21st century.” With a fundraising goal of $11.75 million, the Campaign is near completion and the Eisenhower Foundation is grateful to the individuals, foundations, and corporations that have made this project a reality.

As we move into the final push to raise the remaining funds for the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership Campaign to completely renovate the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and expand IKEducation, we need your help more than ever.

We are thrilled to announce that an individual donor recently committed to match every donation we receive, dollar-for-dollar, up to $40,000!

This donor is a native Kansan from a farming family. Growing up in a community near Abilene, he recalls many visits to the Eisenhower Presidential Museum. He feels strongly that we must educate young people about our history and the unparalleled accomplishments of Dwight D. Eisenhower, which is why he supports the work of the Eisenhower Foundation. This matching gift challenge is a wonderful way to further Ike’s legacy.

Simply click the Donate button above to double your gift today!

D-Day Planning Table
D-Day Mulberry Harbor

The new exhibit, Leading to Victory, will tell the D-Day story from Ike’s perspective at the command level. Visitors will learn what it was like to plan D-Day — with no detail too small, no element unimportant, no idea easily dismissed, only one man would make the decision of where, when and how to launch the invasion. A key artifact highlighted in this gallery is the D-Day planning table, where the greatest military minds of the 20th century, led by General Eisenhower, gathered to plot Hitler's downfall and the liberation of Europe (left rendering).

Two additional “star” artifacts — General Eisenhower's Cadillac staff car, as well as a section from the Mulberry Harbor model that once belonged to Prime Minister Winston Churchill and was a gift to President Franklin D. Roosevelt — will also be displayed in the Leading to Victory gallery (right rendering).